Saturday, October 29, 2011
Sources: Cedric Benson's ban upheld
ESPN.com news services
Cedric Benson's non-injury grievance against the NFL has been rejected, sources told ESPN's Andrew Brandt.
An arbitrator ruled that she did not have jurisdiction over the issue, allowing the NFL to impose a suspension on the Bengals running back for conduct that occurred during the lockout. Benson, whose suspension of three games was reduced to one game and a one-week fine, will serve his suspension Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Benson originally received a three-game suspension for his misdemeanor assault cases, but appealed on grounds that he wasn't under contract with any NFL team when his latest arrest occurred. Benson's lawyer also argued that NFL players were locked out when Benson was arrested in Texas last July, so he wasn't subject to discipline from the league.
The league rejected his arguments, but reduced the penalty to a one-game suspension without pay and a fine equaling another game check.
Benson leads the Bengals with 458 yards rushing. His 117 carries rank fourth in the NFL. Bernard Scott would become the top running back with Benson out. Scott has gotten more carries in recent games as the backup.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.